Co-Chairs: Faith Gibson and Sarah Cohen-Gogo

Steering Group Members: Monica Cypriano, Amita Trehan, Adedayo Joseph, Eman Al-Shamsi, Giselle Saulnier-Sholler, Arliette Sulikhanyan, Liz Sniderman


The SIOP Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology (WLPO) Network aims to promote female leadership in paediatric oncology and camaraderie among female professionals in global health through public events, role modelling and networking opportunities. The Network aims to contribute to building the next generation of talented female professionals in paediatric oncology. Through various online/in-person activities, the Network will strengthen bonds among female members of the Society, enable SIOP members to support each other and celebrate female leadership in paediatric oncology.

2024 Almanac of Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology

In celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2024, we released the 2024 SIOP Almanac of Women Leaders.

You can browse the specific profiles below by clicking on the leader’s photo below.

2023 Almanac of Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology

Click here to download and read the full 2023 Almanac of Women Leaders. The 2024 Almanac of Women Leaders is in development.

You can browse the specific profiles below by clicking on the leader’s photo below.

Leading with Confidence: Dr. Maja Jovanović

Dr. Maja Jovanović (Canada) is a sociologist, author and TEDx speaker. She delivered a Keynote Speech at the Ottawa Congress titled “Forget the Apologies & Learn How to Lead with Confidence”. Log into SIOP CONNECT and the Women Leaders Network page to watch a recording of the keynote.

Do you find yourself apologizing for no good reason? Do you deflect praise or minimize your accomplishments? Are you frustrated that women’s confidence is often perceived as arrogance? Do you find it exasperating that we live in a world of double-standards where the burden of proof for women’s competence is so much higher? If this sounds like you, then this is the talk for you!

Learning from Others: Meet-the-Expert Roundtables

The SIOP Women Leaders Network offers monthly Meet-the-Expert (MTE) Roundtables online to facilitate linkages and networking among female SIOP members. These Roundtables serve to jumpstart networking amongst women, giving an opportunity and an occasion for some of the MTE participants to explore further guidance and establish mentoring relationships with the experts. The Roundtables are open only to SIOP members.

Flagship Events on Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology

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You can join this Network and any other SIOP Network/Working Group by logging into SIOP CONNECT, going to GROUP, clicking on the Network/Working Group Name and then clicking on the JOIN button. For detailed guidance, please see this page with SIOP CONNECT Frequently Asked Questions. Once you join, you will start receiving all their communications, including future engagement and networking opportunities.

For more information on the upcoming WLPO Network activities, please contact